I totally think the checklist idea is great. Most of the things I packed in my BC bag were labor comfort items. I packed WAY too much. You've got everything you need. Carseat, diapers, and boobs. If you transfer (you WON'T), grab the cell phones and camera and go. Someone can always go to your house and get you and baby some clothes.
I'm guessing girl, BTW. Not sure if I'd put my guess in yet but that's it. :)
I, too, think the idea of a list is a good one. A lot of the stuff that needs to go into my labor bag (I'm delivering at the hospital) is all stuff that I don't want to pack yet, so I am doing the same thing.
What a birth story you have - I hope that this one goes smoother at home and you will get the home birth that you deserve! Your DH sounds so excited about your home birth - it's cute! Mine would freak out... just getting him to agree to our doula was tough, so it's great that you have such incredible natural birthing support in him!
Good to hear things are shaping up and organization is getting done. Makes me think of the things I still have to do... I suppose newborn clothes should be located at some point, but it's summer so diapers and blankets should be enough until they get located!
Glad DH is excited about his role. What exactly is it this time? How is it different from last time?
My DH caught Leo at my last birth in the hot tub because the MW didn't want to get wet. He is still happy about that even though he didn't know how excited he weas about it. In fact, it just occurred to me that that means that DH was the first person to hold DS2 (well, obviously with his hands!). I'm sure that's pretty exciting to him!
As for packing a hospital transfer bag... I'm with you. I wouldn't ever do it. On the other hand, it probably doesn't hurt to have ageneral location that the items that you want are kept, and a list (though I would never get there either). I'd probably have alist being:
Then I'd be stumped. What else do you really need? I guess I don't know because I've never been there.
Yay! Congrats on your lodge, Al! Your homebirth is going to be GREAT!!
36 weeks 4 days
DH was a huge physical support for me. He did lots and lots of hip counter-pressure. It was awesome!
Now I need to decide what to put on my check list haha. I brought a whole ton a useless stuff with Will's birth... "razor".. REALLY?! Am I going to be shaving while at the hospital with a newborn? I don't think so.
This is my last week of work before vacation starts! I saved up vacation days, so I get 3 weeks of vacation (which will take me right to my due date) and then I'll start my official mat leave on my due date! I'm very excited. It's nice to get the time off and at home with my son. I miss him so much being at work.
Yesterday the ladies at my office threw me a small baby shower. They got me a couple baby things, but they all pooled together and got me a spa gift certificate! They figured we probably had a lot of baby stuff still from Will and thought that I could use a "day off" more than I could use more facecloths! LOL So wonderful, especially because I wasn't expecting anything. Being a 2nd baby 'n' all, I didn't expect any kind of shower.
I have a midwives appointment tomorrow morning. We're gonna talk GBS. I'm debating not even getting screened... I go back and forth on this one. If I get tested and am negative, I could very well be positive by the time baby arrives. OR I could test positive and be negative when baby arrives... I want to avoid unnecessary abx, especially considering all the thrush DS and I dealt with. We'll see what my midwife says.
Anyway, that's the update for the morning. Off to do some work.
OOH, I'm so jealous that you have so much vacation time to use before your due date! I, unfortunately, don't have hardly any, and I have to use it as part of my leave to decrease how much unpaid time I'm taking off. Enjoy your time with DS!!
Woohoo!! Only three more days to go until you're done with work! I didn't get any time off before T was born. I went into labor 8 hours after my last day. :( Hopefully you'll have better luck and have a nice long Will-cation before New Baby arrives.
I wish I knew what to say about the GBS test. I wouldn't want unnecessary abx either but I wouldn't want to risk being positive and not knowing. Would your MW let you retest after doing a cleanse if you tested positive? I think that's what I would have done if I'd tested positive. Cleared it up and demanded another test.
I think it's so awesome that you have the last three weeks before your EDD off from work. Hopefully new baby will give you a good amount of that time to spend with Will. How thoughtful of your co-wokers to get you a spa gc! What a dream gift. :D
I agree with Erin that if it was me, I'd do the test just to curb my curiosity and maybe retest if it was + but I'm sure you and your MW will come up with an ideal game plan for you.
Oh and just the mention of counter pressure made me moan in appreciation. When DH learned to do that in a birthing class with DD I was in heaven!
There's risk factors that your midwives will be able to pick up on and if abx are necessary, they can get them into you in time. And if not, there are other ways of preventing GBS infection after the birth. Though I am eager to hear what Carolynn will say tomorrow morning. Call me when the appt is over!
I cannot WAIT for you to be finished work!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Both times I made a list of things to pack if we had to transfer, and included where to find them, drawer in the bathroom, shelf in the front room, etc. It wasn't a long list, but it included my purse, hairbrush, toothpaste (I hate the minty stuff you usually get in those little free tubes, I must have my cinnamon!) cameras & chargers, and one of my button-front sundresses for going home. When Tiven was born, we weren't expecting to have a baby that night so we hadn't taken a bag with us, and my DH went home later to get the few things I needed. No big deal.